'Todd Martin Youth Leadership'
 
TMYL Success Stories
Aaron
Destineé
Jordan
Alejandro
Earnest
Kiara
Archis
Garrison
Lauren
Becca
Gary
Megan
Cosette
Israel
Michael
Daniel
Jae' Lyn
Olivia
Danyella
Johnny
Renee

Aaron

2006 Scholarship Recipient

  • 2013 Haslett High School graduate
  • Freshman at Spring Arbor University majoring in Business
  • Received tennis scholarship to Spring Arbor where he plays #3 doubles
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Alejandro


2008 Scholarship Recipient

  • Senior at Holt High School
  • Currently plays #1 doubles
  • Aspires to go to Grand Valley State University to play tennis and study mechanics

Archis


2003 Scholarship Recipient

  • 2006 East Lansing High School graduate
  • 2010 University of Michigan graduate
  • Currently a 4th year Ph.D student in Plasma Physics at the University of Michigan
  • Awards and Accolades:
    • American Nuclear Society Scholarship:
      • Incoming Freshman (2006)
      • Returning Sophomore (2007)
    • Dean's List (2006-2010)
    • Michigan Institute of Plasma Science and Engineering Fellowship (2013)

Becca

2008 Scholarship Recipient

  • 2013 Lansing Catholic High School graduate
  • Freshman at Aquinas College where she plays tennis
  • Awards and Accolades:
    • High school: two years of all league, all region, and all state for tennis
    • Received Saint Sebastian award for succeeding in the face of adversity

Cosette


2000 Scholarship Recipient

  • 2008 East Lansing High School graduate
  • 2012 Michigan State University graduate; studied kinesiology
  • Attends University of Illinois graduate school for Recreation, Sport, and Tourism
  • Served on TMYL staff for 3 summers (2007 - 2009)
  • Awards and Accolades:
    • 2010 Lansing State Journal All-Decade Team for tennis
    • 2006 & 2008 Lansing State Journal Player of the Year for tennis

Daniel

2005 Scholarship Recipient

For 2010 Lansing Sexton graduate Daniel Mammah, opportunity only has to knock once. He's quick to open the door and embrace what may be there before him.
"I've always been curious about things, open to new ideas, and willing to learn," Daniel says.
Now entering his junior year at Lincoln University, he'll earn degrees in Accounting and Information Technology, and a minor in Spanish. Ultimately, Daniel's goal is to become a CPA.
As a Todd Martin kid, Daniel excelled at both tennis and football. He seized the opportunity to use a football scholarship to pay his way through college. Lincoln is the world's historically first black university founded in 1854, and later named for President Lincoln. It's campus sits amidst the rolling hills just outside Philadelphia. It's motto: "A Legacy of Producing Leaders." Indeed.
Daniel says he likes Lincoln's small size — about 2,000 students — because it enables him to stand out. Here it is again: opportunity and leadership.
Daniel found himself — nearly inadvertently to hear him tell it — interviewing for a plumb internship program with respected accounting firm Price Waterhouse Coopers. He won the job, and he's completing his second summer in the program, working in PWC's Detroit office after serving in the firm's Philly office last summer. "The professional experience I'm getting is irreplaceable".
For more about Daniel, see our 2012 Annual Report and visit page 6.

Danyella

2004 Scholarship Recipient

  • 2010 Waverly High School graduate
  • Currently works as Resident Bookings Editor for Twelv Magazine in NYC

"This program taught me confidence, strength, and the power of a positive attitude.  I wouldn't be where I am today without the lessons I learned from this wonderful program!"

Destineé


You meet Destinee, and immediately get what her parents surely must have seen in their beautiful baby girl the moment she was born and every day there after.  She's bound and determined to make her mark on the world.
She is her namesake.
Self aware, goal oriented, focused and selfless, Destinee; is emerging as a leader.  She's naturally wired for it, and she's smart enough to grab hold of every opportunity to fine-tune her God-given abilities.
"My goal is to become a lawyer — and a really good one," Destinee; asserts.
"I want to go to Columbia. It's in New York City, where the competition and action is.  And, it's an outstanding university.  I want to be part of all that."
Fall 2012, Destineé entered Holt High School as a freshman.  Her mother insisted the change to Holt from Everett High School would be good for her daughter.  "When we received the acceptance letter from Holt High just a few weeks ago, it was a great day.  I love school, and I can't wait to start this fall in a new place."
She has plans to participate in Teencore at Holt — a mock trial learning program for high school students interested in debate.  Apparently, the young girl who loves debate and has law school in her sights was destined to land at Holt High.
For more about Destinee, see our 2012 Annual Report and view page 5.

Earnest

2012 Scholarship Recipient

  • 8th grader at Lansing S.T.E.M Academy
  • Aspires to go to college to study architecture, art or dentistry
  • Hobbies: playing on the x-box, tennis, basketball
  • One of four students chosen from his school to be a H.O.P.E. Scholar
  • Involved with Turning Point of Lansing, which seeks to transform boys into men
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Garrison


2004 Scholarship Recipient

  • 2008 Everett High School graduate
  • Currently attending Lansing Community College studying Engineering
  • Served on TMYL staff for the past 8 summers, including 4 years as a Site Director
  • Currently Director of Tennis for Todd Martin Youth Leadership ( summer and after-school programs )

Gary

1997 Scholarship Recipient

  • 2003 East Lansing High School graduate
  • 2007 Michigan State University graduate; studied Business
  • Served on staff with TMYL for 6 summers
  • Works as a Sports Marketing Specialist
  • Awards and Accolades:
    • Emerging Leader Program participant, East Lansing ( 2013 )

Israel


Israel Trevino immediately draws you in with his maturity, poise and respectful demeanor. Director of Tennis, Garrison Thompson, comments that Israel is the person, "...everyone can count on for a 'Hello, how is your day?'" Upon starting a conversation with Israel, his intelligence and dry, witty humor quickly becomes evident.
Through his participation in TMYL's After School Program Israel has had the opportunity to develop his leadership skills. "He has gone from silently supporting his peers to taking the lead in any situation and showing them the proper way to complete a task," comments Garrison Thompson. Israel's evolution into an invaluable leader for the TMYL program has been evidenced by many, including staff member and High School Coordinator, Calvin Tomaschko, who comments, "Israel pushes his peers to be better, but does so in a fun way."
In addition to maturing as a successful individual, Israel has become a skillful tennis player, improving tremendously during his time as a participant in TMYL programs. Israel now plays in Friday Night Tennis, the After School Program, the Summer Program, Junior Team Tennis and practices with his High School Tennis Team and will play next fall on the team. "He is one of our higher level players and continues to improve his skills," states Garrison. While this improvement can surely be attributed to his participation in the myriad of programs offered by TMYL, it is also a result of Israel's fierce determination. "He does not waste an opportunity to practice whether it be hitting off a wall or finding a partner to practice," comments Garrison. Israel's mother adds, "He is always looking for opportunities to improve his skills and have fun. Within the past three years I have noticed a distinct drive to play, improve, and hone his tennis skills."
Israel's mother is very grateful for the support and opportunities provided by TMYL, including trips to Indianapolis, Butler University, Northwestern University, Junior Team Tennis, and educational field trips. Israel has earned each and every opportunity that has been offered to him by continually working hard and respecting everyone: peers and staff alike.
Todd Martin Youth Leadership is proud of the tennis player Israel is, but more importantly, of the young man he is becoming. Every staff and participant that comes into contact with Israel is better for having met him; we cannot wait to see all that Israel will do in the future.

Jae' Lyn

2011 Scholarship Recipient

  • Currently a freshman at Everett High School
  • Aspires to go to college in Manhattan and become a Psychiatrist
  • Went to Japan as an exchange student
  • Awards and Accolades:
    • Honor student in middle school
    • Won several awards for poetry

Johnny

2010 Scholarship Recipient

  • Sophomore at Haslett High School
  • Aspires to attend MSU or U of M to study architecture
  • Hobbies include tennis, golf, and skiing
  • On the Honor Roll at Haslett High and received 'All Academic' honor on tennis team last year
  • Involved with TMYL for 5 years
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Jordan


1996 Scholarship Recipient

  • 2005 Lansing Catholic High School graduate
  • 2009 Aquinas College graduate
  • Received graduate degree in communication from Grand Valley State University in 2011
  • Awards and Accolades:
    • #1 singles State Champ in high school
    • Played #1 singles and #1 doubles at Aquinas College

Currently lives in Grand Rapids and works at Aquinas College as an adjunct professor of communication and public speaking and is the head women's tennis coach.

Kiara

2009 Scholarship Recipient

  • Sophomore at Grand Ledge High School
  • Aspires to go to Western Michigan and study law, so she can become a lawyer and eventually a judge
  • Hobbies: reading, spending time with family and friends, dancing, and playing tennis
  • Awards and Accolades:
    • Freshman Honor Roll
    • Earned trophies at several USTA tournaments and regarded by her tennis coach as a great
      tennis player with a wonderful serve
    • One of 40 student athletes from around the country selected to attend the 2012 USTA
      National Junior Tennis and Learning Leadership Camp in Minneapolis, MN.

Lauren

2006 Scholarship Recipient

  • 2010 Lansing Catholic High School graduate
  • Studying Psychology at Alma College: will graduate in April 2014
  • Captain of Alma College Women's Tennis team: plays #2 singles and #2 doubles
  • Awards and Accolades:
    • Recipient of academic and art scholarship from Alma College
    • Three-time Midwest Region winner of Arthur Ashe Essay writing contest
  • Served on TMYL staff for 4 summers ( 2010 — 2013
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Megan


1999 Scholarship Recipient

  • 2003 Lansing Eastern High School graduate
  • 2010 Lansing Community College Nursing Program graduate
  • Currently working as an RN at Sparrow Hospital, and completing a Master's of Science in Nursing at
    the University of Michigan - Flint

Enjoys being a new mother and "cannot wait to teach him the game of tennis!".

Michael

2009 Scholarship Recipient

  • Sophomore at McNeil High School in Austin, TX
  • Maintains high grades in challenging classes at school
  • Aspires to attend University of Texas at Austin or Texas A&M to study Mechanical Engineering

Michael is very involved at his church, and has won Student of the Quarter twice this year for his commitment and dedication to his Sunday School class.
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Olivia


2007 Scholarship Recipient

  • 2012 Lansing Catholic High School graduate
  • Attends Lansing Community College studying pre-K education
  • Attended TMYL summer program as a participant for 8 years and has served on staff for 1 year

Renee

2006 Scholarship Recipient

  • 2013 East Lansing High School graduate
  • Freshman at University of Nebraska-Kearney
  • Plays #6 singles for the University of Nebraska-Kearney
  • Received academic and athletic scholarships to college